The City of Pittsfield was recognized by the Massachusetts Interlocal Insurance Association (MIIA) for its wellness initiatives at the organization’s annual business meeting and award ceremony on Jan. 20 in Boston. The meeting was a part of the 39th annual Massachusetts Municipal Association (MMA) Trade Show and Conference which was held Jan. 19-20.
The city received the “Best Wellness Program for a Newcomer” award for its commitment to the health and well-being of city employees. Personnel Director, Michael Taylor, and Finance Director, Matthew Kerwood, who accepted the award at the meeting, have been instrumental in the development of the city’s wellness efforts.
The city’s program also is featured in MIIA’s 2017 annual report.
“We really tried to take a two-pronged approach to driving down health insurance costs and engaging employees. Surveys told us that people were interested in physical fitness and stress reduction. We put a lot of the programming in place, but honestly, we couldn’t have done it without MIIA, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, and Mayor Tyer,” said Taylor. “We’re just happy we can do this. These initiatives are about building relationships and improving employee morale.”
Initiatives include the establishment of the Wellness Center located in the lower level of City Hall and the creation of a wellness committee of employees from every city department.
The committee, with assistance from the city’s health insurance partners MIIA and Blue Cross Blue Shield, has implemented several wellness programs and activities over the past year. These include a FitBit Step Challenge, fitness boot camps, a workshop entitled, “Mindfulness in the Workplace,” healthy cooking demonstrations, Weight Watchers at Work, as well as several self-guided programs around weight loss and stress management.
For more information, please call Roberta McCulloch-Dews, Director of Administrative Services, Mayor’s Office, 413-499-9322.